Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Mitchell began his film career in 1923, and went on to become one of the screen's most successful character actors. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Stagecoach (1939), an Emmy Award as the Best Actor of 1953, and a Tony Award in 1953 for the musical Hazell Flagg (based on the Carole Lombard film Nothing Sacred)
He is also remembered as Scarlett's father, Gerald O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939).
Some other notable films in which he appeared include Theodora Goes Wild (1936), Lost Horizon (1937), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Long Voyage Home (1940), Our Town (1940), The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), Wilson (1944), The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) and High Noon (1952).
Shortly before his death from cancer in Beverly Hills, California, he originated the stage role of Colombo, later made famous on television by Peter Falk.
Thomas Mitchell has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for Motion Pictures at 1651 Vine St, and for television aat 6100 Hollywood Boulevard.
Thomas Mitchell Facts
|Birthday||July 11, 1892|
|Birthplace||Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA|
|Date of death||December 17, 1962 (age 70)|
|Awards||1940 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for Stagecoach)|
|Gone with the Wind|
|It's A Wonderful Life|